“Find your person.” I say this phrase to every preservice teacher I work with. In a single day, teachers feel the whole gamut of emotions: joy, lost, inspired, frustrated, energized, discouraged, supported, confused, just to name a few. We all need someone to ride the roller coaster with us – to be a calming and centering, yet inspiring and motivating presence in our professional lives.
In last week’s #IMMOOC chat, @patrickmlarkin discussed the importance of being able to share one’s experiences. “It can be a lonely existence sometimes…you need to have other people you can reach out to…the access through the technology, for me, has been a game changer.” Twitter takes finding your person to a whole new level. Instead of scouring my school building for an open-minded, passionate, all-about-the-kids educator, I have thousands of those seemingly scarce individuals placed on my lap every time I open my computer. I found “my people.” That’s life-changing.
What I appreciate the most about “my people” is that I don’t actually agree with everything they say. We are not, in fact, like-minded, but we do share similar feelings when it comes to growth and innovation. We have like-mindsets. The #IMMOOC PLF has forced me to stretch my thinking. I appreciate the varying perspectives, the different ideas, and, most importantly, that all of “my people” want to grow and improve to be the best teachers and humans they can be.
I joined Twitter in April, as a requirement for an Open Education grant I was writing. I spend most of the first five months consuming – reading, retweeting, and messaging my favorite articles to “my person”. This #IMMOOC experience changed me. As @ccormier_edu so beautifully articulates in her Motivating Mindsets post, “Rather than my old consuming pattern of reading and implementing, finding and trying, I am inspired and motivated to design, create, and contribute to the discussion.” I want to give back what “my people” gave to me. No longer will I advise preservice teachers to, “find your person” – they can do way better than that…
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Yes! And I just realized tonight- it is having a PLF that allows for the risk taking needed for true learning 💕
Love this! I have experienced a similar process in the past year. This #IMMOOC has really helped me branch out to create and connect. Thanks for sharing.
Love this idea of finding “your people”. Most definitely these people can be both near and far and are key to moving learning forward. Thanks for sharing!
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